Further editing

Now that I have been back from Monterey for a few days, I have had the opportunity to spend some time looking at my images.  I always like to put a few days or a week between the time I photograph and the time I final edit my images.  This gives me time to separate the experience from the images.  Sometimes I find images that I totally over looked in the early edits that are good, and other times I find images that I thought were good in the early edits, really aren’t so good, now that I have that time separation. Also getting to view the images on a big color calibrated monitor versus the small laptop can help find flaws in images that I did not notice at first.

While I was photographing from my kayak in Elkhorn Slough, I was so fixated on the sea otters; I never even really looked at the images I made of some sea lions.  Now looking back over the images I found some I really like.

I like getting to look inside this one’s mouth.

 

4000-20180518_5D43722.jpgSea Lion, Elkhorn Slough, CA 1/400 sec; f/9; ISO 1250

 

I like this profile and seeing just how wide the mouth can open.

4000-20180518_5D43690.jpgSea Lion, Elkhorn Slough, CA 1/400 sec; f/9; ISO 1600; 552mm

 

I wish I could sleep standing up!

4000-20180518_5D43661.jpgSea Lion, Elkhorn Slough, CA 1/400 sec; f/9; Exp comp +.67; ISO 800; 600mm

 

I also found some otter images I had overlooked.

4000-20180518_5D43560.jpgSea Otters, Elkhorn Slough, CA 1/320 sec; f/9; ISO 60; 600mm

 

For the previous two images, taken on a heavy overcast day, I tinted the water in my images, so it wouldn’t be gray. I demonstrated this technique in an earlier blog post that you can see here: http://www.lewiskemper.com/blog/blackbird-singing.

My, what big feet they have! I can see why it was so easy for them to swim.

4000-20180517_5D42266.jpgSea Otter, Elkhorn Slough, CA 1/640 sec; f/9; ISO 400; 600mm

 

And I love how curious they are.

4000-20180517_5D42302.jpgSea Otter, Elkhorn Slough, CA 1/640 sec; f/9; ISO 400; 500mm

 

And I even found a landscape image I overlooked!

4000-20180518_5D43572.jpgNasturtium, Elkhorn Slough, CA 1/320 sec; f/9; ISO 800; 273mm

 

It always pays to go back and review your images with fresh eyes, you never know what you will find!

 

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